Many of you are members of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) or perhaps are interested in joining for 2009. We are writing to ask you to consider affiliating with Division AA (free-living, symbiotic, and parasitic protists). If you are already affiliated with a Division, you can choose AA as your secondary division. You can easily choose or switch your primary or secondary affiliation on the pulldown menu when you join or renew at http://estore.asm.org/Renew. The cost on line is only $59 for regular members and $39 for postdocs. By increasing our membership, division AA will be entitled to have more symposia at the General Meeting. Your membership also assists ASM's International Affairs which supports microbiology in developing countries, plus you get discounts when you publish in ASM journals! We'd appreciate if you let your colleagues in the lowest income countries know that for them joining ASM is free (click here)!
We want to encourage you to send your students to the ASM General Meeting, and we have been able to provide some travel funds for most students presenting posters. We also anticipate a greater presence of Global Health at the meeting next year, including colloquia on virulence, eradication, and lab research on global health, as well as some basic science on sexual reproduction and evolution of pathogens. We hope to see many of you there!
Marilyn Parsons, Chair, Division AA
Kami Kim, Chair-elect